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Gene Deason retires from Brownwood Bulletin after nearly 4 decades

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 24 2012 06:35:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2012 09:07:58 AM CDT

For nearly 40 years he's covered the news and led a news team in Brownwood.

Now, Gene Deason, editor of the Brownwood Bulletin, is calling it a career.

He started at a time when there were no cell phones, no computers, and no Internet. A lot has changed over the years, and Deason has experienced it.

On Nov. 2 he will hang up his press pass on an award-winning career to enjoy retirement.

Deason loves coming into work, interviewing, and getting to know people, which is one of the reasons why he stayed in the newspaper business for so long.

"You say, oh my goodness, you've been doing the same thing for 40 years, or however long. Well, it doesn't seem like the same thing, because you're always meeting new people, you're getting to know people for the first time," Deason said.

Deason said he looks forward to spending more time with his family, but being on the receiving end of the news will take some getting used to.

"The adjustment is going to be waiting for someone else to tell me what has happened," Deason said.

But he isn't the only one feeling bittersweet about retiring from the Bulletin.

"There's really no job that he can't do and do well. That ability to make something good out of just about anything he lays his hand to," said Steve Nash, Brownwood Bulletin reporter/photographer.

"I think the thing that I'm going to miss the most about Gene is his attitude. He has a wonderful, straight-forward, I-know-what-I'm-doing attitude," said Amber Kennamer, Brownwood Bulletin composing manager.

Retirement won't change the fact that Brownwood will remain Gene's home.

"It's really a blessing to be able to end my career at the place where it began," Deason said.

There will be a community reception for Deason at the Bulletin office from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 1.